Russian-American musicologist, composer and conductor Nicolas Slonimsky talks by phone with then KPFK Music Director David Cloud about the music and life of the "Russian and Modern Romanticist", Dmitri Shostakovitch. The interview was originally recorded on 8/11/75, 2 days after the death of the composer, and re-broadcast on KPFA the same day a year later. Topics: 20th Century Classical, Composers, Musicologists, Dmitri Shostakovich, Nicolas Slonimsky
A program in honor of Nicolas Slonimsky in celebrations of his 97th birthday. Charles Amirkhanian plays a number of pieces by and for Slonimsky, including a couple of his own compositions. Also heard is a telephone conversation between Slonimsky and Charles Amirkhanian in which they discuss the latest edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians of which Slonimsky is the editor. Slonimsky also discusses the advances in musical composition during the last century including... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Nicolas Slonimsky
Nicolas Slonimsky conducts the New Haven Civic Orchestra in the performance of works by Charles Ives, Edgard Varèse, and his own, recorded in 1974. Topics: KPFA-FM, Nicolas Slonimsky, Music, Orchestral music, New music
Excerpted from "Thin Air: Nicolas Slonimsky at 76" The view long was that Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave due to the hazards of a raging storm in Vienna during his funeral. Musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky tells how he debunked that theory. Ever on a quest for accuracy of detail in his Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Slonimsky pursued some of the largest musical questions of all time, often with unexpected results. His glee in telling this particular story... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Nicolas Slonimsky Source: Other Minds
A lively and engaging interview with the dean of musicological lexicography who visited KPFA studios and talked with Robert Commanday (S.F. Chronicle music critic) and Charles Amirkhanian of KPFA. Especially important discussions about Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ives by the first conductor ever to champion Ives, Varese, Cowell, and Riegger (in the early 30's). Composer Lowell Cross was also present. Includes piano performances by Slonimsky. Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Nicolas Slonimsky Source: Other Minds
Nicolas Slonimsky offers a humor laden lecture, replete with examples, on the topic of elementary musical theory and composition. He plays a number of his modern interpretations of works by Bach and Beethoven and a perpetual canon based on the Mobius strip. Topics: KPFA-FM, KFCF-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Nicolas Slonimsky, Classical Music
A live guest appearance on KPFA by Los Angeles music lexicographer and former conductor Nicolas Slonimsky. He talks with KPFA's Charles Amirkhanian about his family roots, superannuation, Varese, Ives, semism, pandiatonicism, and the extreme avant-garde in music. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Avant-Garde, Nicolas Slonimsky
Carl Stone of Los Angeles joins Charles Amirkhanian to talk about his music, including pieces that sample a songs by Whitney Houston (How will I know) and the Beach Boys (Fun, Fun, Fun). Also Nicolas Slonimsky pops in to talk about his career, much of it popularizing the music of Varese and other modern composers. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Carl Stone,...